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Count Your Blessings Where They Lie

Thursday, July 04, 2013

As I look forward in my calendar I can see that it will soon be a year since my first visit to SparkPeople. When I first thought of that I felt ashamed. Ashamed because it has been ten whole months and all I've only lost was 12 pounds. What have I been doing? What exactly have I accomplished? Then I thought about it. Ten months ago I was so tired and ached so bad I couldn't even stand up to exercise. I found all the sitting exercises I could and did them. Then I graduated to walking. I walked one block and prayed to get back home. I didn't push myself to do more than I could, but I didn't stop either. Ten months ago, I didn't know what portion control was. I couldn't eat just a handful of nuts. I didn't know eating too much fruit could keep you from losing weight.

My progress might be slower than most but I've accomplished much. Today, I can power walk for a mile. I've taken up Yoga and can even do Hip-Hop Abs! I found out I can eat a lot of veggies, pull back on some of the fruit that I love and add reasonable portions of protein and that seems to work for me. I'm not dragging myself out of the bed in the morning, my afternoon lulls have stopped and I feel good. And heck, I lost 12 whole pounds. Those are my blessings and I know there are more to come and I'll be sure to count each one.

So, to all of us who appear to be struggling with our weight loss, remember the journey isn't over. That's why they call it a journey and there will be many blessings along the way as long as we don't give up.
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    I did not know that eating too much fruit could keep you from losing weight. emoticon on losing 12 pounds emoticon
    1780 days ago
  • NHES220
    Congratulations! You did not give up and you have made progress. Congratulations on your anniversary and keep Sparking! Good luck on the next 12 months and continued progress - keep us posted!
    1788 days ago
    emoticon look at you go girl!! Look at all you have learned, and how your body is responding to those gentle nudges in the right direction. the upcoming year is where you will notice bigger changes as you are able to enjoy more freedom of movement. Keep at those healthy food choices too. \my first year I thought the scale was going backwards as denser muscle mass started to take over . Stay consistent and you will achieve your desired weight goal as well. emoticon
    1788 days ago
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